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How to Write an Essay

‘these six meditations contain all the foundations of my physics. But please do not tell people’

Letter to Mersenne (28 January 1641)

Be clear about your aim.

Concision is a virtue.

Give the best argument only.

Formulate claims carefully.

Defend each claim you make, or say explicitly that it as a premise.

It’s not about you.

The single-coherent-line-of-argument challenge

Not a list of points
How to achieve it?

Make one point in each paragraph.

Ensure that each paragraph contributes to a single, carefully ordered line of argument.

Review the key moves of the argument in your conclusion.